The Amen Corner

The Amen Corner

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by James Baldwin
     
 

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Only a boy preacher who had grown up to become one of America's most eminent writers could have produced a play like The Amen Corner. For to his first work for the theater James Baldwin brought all the fervor and majestic rhetoric of the storefront churches of his childhood along with an unwavering awareness of the price those churches exacted from their

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Only a boy preacher who had grown up to become one of America's most eminent writers could have produced a play like The Amen Corner. For to his first work for the theater James Baldwin brought all the fervor and majestic rhetoric of the storefront churches of his childhood along with an unwavering awareness of the price those churches exacted from their worshipers.  

For years Sister Margaret Alexander has moved her Harlem congregation with a mixture of personal charisma and ferocious piety.  But when Margaret's estranged husband, a scapegrace jazz musician, comes home to die, she is in danger of losing both her standing in the church and the son she has tried to keep on the godly path.

The Amen Corner is a play about faith and family, about the gulf between black men and black women and black fathers and black sons. It is a scalding, uplifting, sorrowful and exultant masterpiece of the modern American theater.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"He is thought-provoking, tantalizing, irritating, abusing and amusing. And he uses words as the sea uses waves." —Langston Hughes

"What style! What intensity! What religious feeling!....The man has mastered his rage and bitterness. He's a marvel!" —John Cheever

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375701887
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/28/1998
Series:
Vintage International Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
542,547
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.31(d)

What People are saying about this

John Cheever
"What style! What intensity! What religious feeling!...The man has mastered his rage and bitterness. He's a marvel!"
From the Publisher
"He is thought-provoking, tantalizing, irritating, abusing and amusing. And he uses words as the sea uses waves." —Langston Hughes

"What style! What intensity! What religious feeling!....The man has mastered his rage and bitterness. He's a marvel!" —John Cheever

As Kavin
"To be James Baldwin is to touch on so many places in Europe, America, the Negro, the White man -- to be forced to understand so much."

Meet the Author

James Baldwin was born in 1924 and educated in New York. Between 1953 and 1987, Baldwin wrote over twenty books of fiction and non-fiction. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Ford Foundation Grant, among other accolades, Baldwin was made a Commander of the Legion of Honor in 1986. He died one year later.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
August 2, 1924
Date of Death:
December 1, 1987
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
Place of Death:
St. Paul de Vence, France
Education:
DeWitt Clinton High School, New York City

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The Amen Corner 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Amen Corner ia an excellent book that tells what happens when you put the sacred world vs. the secular world. The main plot of this story is to tell the audience that too much of either world is a problem and that both of them can be rewarding if you know how to handle yourself in them. It is a great book and if you are interested in music, you will be right at home with it. Highly recommended.